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Roman Steuer to become Sky Deutschland’s head of sports Roman Steuer, currently managing director of German sports news channel Sky

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    Roman Steuer to become Sky Deutschland’s head of sports

    Roman Steuer, currently managing director of German sports news channel Sky Sport News HD, will take over responsibility for the whole sports segment of pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland as executive vice president from September 1, 2015.

    In this function, Steuer will replace Carsten Schmidt who has been gradually handing over his former fields of responsibilities since he took on the CEO position of Sky Deutschland two months ago.

    The broadcaster wants to announce a successor for Steuer as head of Sky Sport News HD soon.

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    Amazon, Apple, Google, and Roku dominate streaming device market

    Amazon, Apple, Google, and Roku dominate the US streaming media device market with 86% of sales, according to Parks Associates.

    This market concentration will force new entrants to develop unique solutions in order to have an impact in this expanding ecosystem. The Streaming Media Device Landscape estimates that 86 million streaming media devices will be sold globally in 2019.

    “Roku continues to lead streaming media device sales in the US with 34% of units sold in 2014. Google is second with 23%, and new entrant Amazon overtook Apple for third place,” said Barbara Kraus, Director of Research, Parks Associates.

    “The market consolidation around these four brands forces new entrants to develop more creative features and functionality to tap into the strong consumer demand for streaming content. Devices with additional functionality such as the Intel Compute Stick may be a sign of things to come, where streaming is not the primary function but an extra feature to provide additional value.”

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    The Streaming Media Device Landscape reports that nearly 20% of US broadband households own at least one streaming media player, such as a Roku 3, Amazon Fire TV, or Apple TV. Eight percent own at least one streaming stick, such as a Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, or Roku’s HDMI Streaming Stick, while 2% own both form factors.

    “Device shipments and sales receipts are important performance measures, but an equally critical metric for device makers is ongoing usage,” Kraus said.

    “Usage will drive alternate revenue streams such as content sales and advertising. Roku devices are the most used among US broadband households that own a streaming media device at 37%, followed by Google Chromecast at 19%, Apple TV at 17%, and Amazon Fire TV devices at 14%.”

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    Mexicans quietly cut the cord

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 21 August 2015



    In Mexico, the largest Spanish-speaking pay-TV market, viewers seem to be emulating habits from the neighbouring US, slowly cutting the cord or directly subscribing to over-the-top (OTT) platforms, as video streaming services rocket across the country.


    While traditional pay-TV through cable, satellite or IP is still gaining subs and grew an average of 15% last year, the adoption of OTT platforms has grown by over 50%, according to the latest report by Mexican consultancy firm, The Competitive Intelligence Unit.

    Despite being relatively new in the country, OTT platforms currently gather over one in ten subscription video consumers, although they only represent 6% of the whole audiovisual industry's income. In addition, out of those owning an OTT subscription, 35% pay only for that and have stopped paying for a traditional pay-TV service.

    The report also delivers a more complete picture, which includes the pirate online video services. Taking these into account, over 30% of Mexicans consume online content.

    "For a large segment of Mexico's population, OTT services can absolutely replace subscription TV platforms, while for many others, the possibility of replacing one for another is close, as both services offer similar content and share many features," says the report.

    But there are other signs pointing to a changing market. According to an earlier report in June, there are already more users consuming online content for free than are paying for TV, and OTT subs represent half of cable TV subs.

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    Viki online TV swoops for Soompi in $10MN deal

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez| 21 August 2015



    San Francisco-based online TV service for multi-lingual fans of Asian pop culture, Viki, has acquired Soompi, a similar site targeting the English-speaking audience, in a $10-million deal, increasing its entertainment offer along with Korean and Asian news.


    Fan-built Viki has a global audience of 40 million users per month and a strong presence among Spanish-speakers. Soompi, a division of Crunchyroll, will gain seven more million monthly users through the acquisition.

    "Soompi's exponential growth shows how audience preferences change, and we're happy to contribute to such growth," said Tammy H Nam, Viki's general manager. "By joining forces with Soompi, Viki starts its expansion," she added.

    In the short term, both platforms will continue to operate separately, while content integration takes place.

    "I started with Soompi because I wanted to create a site for fans of Korean pop culture," said Susan Kang, founder of the platform. "With the community value of both platforms I feel we have found our perfect place."

    Viki, which has been translated into more than 200 languages, delivers online TV shows, movies, short videos and premium content from the Asian audiovisual industry.

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    Millicom eyes up IPTV in LATAM

    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 21 August 2015



    Looking to América Móvil as an example to follow in Latin America's telecom sector, Millicom aims to expand from the smaller markets and become the region's second largest operator, focusing on video and pay-TV services.


    The Swedish telco, which already has its largest market in Latin America, is preparing an ambitious expansion plan with acquisitions and strong investments in cable and mobile services. Indeed, during recent years, Millicom has purchased national telcos including Colombia's UNE-EPM and Bolivia's Multivision.

    Speaking to the Mexican newspaper El Financiero, the recently-appointed CEO of Millicom, Marucio Ramos, said the group intends to extend its digital services to over ten million homes in the region.

    "We want to build a cable network as we have done with our mobile network. Nowadays, data is what matters the most for consumers, and we offer them a digital lifestyle," said Ramos.

    Millicom, which currently operates through Tigo and other brands in Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Bolivia, El Salvador and Colombia, is Latin America's tenth largest pay-TV operator (Dataxis).

    According to analysts, Millicom would need to buy or merge with other operators, as the growth margins of its operational markets are small. "Consumers don't care who owns our company or the mergers we do, the only thing that matters is value, the digital box we install in their homes and the access speed we offer," added Ramos.

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    Avid helps Jewelry Television sparkle for 24/7 live TV

    Joseph O'Halloran | 21 August 2015



    Leading television retail network Jewelry Television (JTV) has embraced the Avid Everywhere product to improve production efficiency, enhance collaboration, and meet a demanding 24/7 production schedule.


    Reaching more than 85 million homes across the US, JTV employs 1,300 team members at its facility in Knoxville, which consists of three HD studios, a call centre and a distribution centre. The speed of content creation and distribution at JTV requires the network to operate more like a live sports operation than a typical broadcaster, and amplifies any workflow issues or inefficiencies.

    JTV says that it needed to enhance existing stored media capabilities to allow teams to collaborate and share content more efficiently. Furthermore, more efficient tools to catalogue media will assist production teams filming on location around the world, enabling more raw footage to be used in building content. JTV also needed a solution that would enable them to quickly integrate b-roll content to help supplement programming.

    In order to integrate its production process and enhance collaboration throughout its entire network, JTV implemented an end-to-end workflow made up of Avid media management and shared storage solutions. An Avid Interplay|Production asset management system enables team members throughout the organisation to access and view media. An Avid ISIS shared storage system enables JTV to store and access the content it produces as Avid Media|Index media search management enables production teams to find footage using keywords.

    "Other manufacturers offered parts and pieces of a solution, but only Avid offered a complete, comprehensive workflow," said Tim Engle, chief strategy officer at JTV. "With Avid Everywhere, we have the powerful collaborative workflows we need to streamline every aspect of our production process and produce the highest quality content for audiences across the US."

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    EE gets personal as it enhances TV proposition

    Editor | 21 August 2015



    Reacting to the cut-throat competition in its sector, UK telecoms provider EE has upgraded its TV bouquet to offer what it claims is the ultimate personalised TV experience.


    Set for launch on 25 August, the new package is said to not only offer a focus on personalisation, but also social sharing, having mobile development front of mind. Indeed the personalised TV experience is controlled through a phone or tablet.

    An all-new My TV section is now available via the app's Home menu, designed to provide a tailored experience for each individual user and divided into three sections: My Programmes, My Channels and My Photos & Videos.

    The first two sections allow users to select favourite TV shows or channels, and identify exactly what content is available for them to enjoy there and then. In addition to live programming, the feature will also give instant access to any recordings of favourites, collating all relevant programmes in one place. This content can be sorted by watched/unwatched, channel, alphabetical, date and category.

    EE expects the Flick function to be one of the most popular features among EE TV fans - it allows users to send content from their mobile device to their TV with a single swipe of a finger. Building on the Flick feature, the latest update also includes Fetch, allowing customers to bring content from the main TV screen directly onto their mobile device. Compatible with live TV, recordings, Restart and Replay, allows viewers to continue to watch shows in another part of the house, without disturbing what's on the TV screen.

    A new companion screen, available via the EE TV app, gives customers control of the show that they're watching, as well as providing a variety of additional information. The experience is available for all content – other than apps and on-demand – and includes playback and volume controls, as well as a scrolling progress bar. The EE TV app will now also include a Share button via the Companion screen, available for all live, recorded, Replay and Restart content.

    In addition to the improvement in experience, EE TV will also be offering new content applications to complement its existing mix of live and recorded free channels, on-demand and catch-up services. These will in the first instance include the film channel MUBI, and customers will also soon be able to access a range of international and foreign language TV apps such as France 24, Cinefun TV, Brazil TV and CaribBe TV.

    "EE TV received outstanding reviews at launch, however we will continue to use our unrivalled knowledge of mobile behaviour in order to update and enhance the service over time," commented EE director of home broadband & TV Simeon Bird. "The new EE TV features take the personalisation capability that all smartphone and tablet owners are familiar with, and incorporates it to create what we believe is the best multiscreen TV service available today."

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    Streaming STBs reach a fifth of US broadband households

    Michelle Clancy | 21 August 2015



    Internet set-top boxes (iSTBs) such as Apple TV and Roku are now present in 21% of US broadband households, up from 13% in early 2014 - an increase in penetration of 63% over the last year.


    According to analysis from TDG, iSTBs are particularly popular among adult broadband users between 25-44 (29% penetration). By contrast, only one-in-five late Millennials (18-24s) use an iSTB, with viewers more likely to turn to game consoles than newer platforms.

    "20 million US households now use an Internet set-top box to access streaming TV services," notes Michael Greeson, founder and director of research at TDG. "As Apple prepares to launch its new Internet set-top box, it does so knowing demand for such platforms have significant headroom, and will be driven by not only greenfield purchases, but multi-unit and replacement sales, as well."

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    Roku leads OTT streaming media device shipments

    Michelle Clancy | 21 August 2015



    Four brands – Amazon, Apple, Google, and Roku – accounted for 86% of all streaming media devices sold to US broadband households in 2014, Parks Associates report calculates.


    This market concentration, said the analyst, will force new entrants to develop unique solutions in order to have an impact in this expanding ecosystem as OTT proliferates. Indeed it estimates that 86 million streaming media devices will be sold globally in 2019.

    "Roku continues to lead streaming media device sales in the US with 34% of units sold in 2014. Google is second with 23%, and new entrant Amazon overtook Apple for third place," said Barbara Kraus, director of research at Parks Associates. "The market consolidation around these four brands forces new entrants to develop more creative features and functionality to tap into the strong consumer demand for streaming content."

    Kraus added: "Devices with additional functionality such as the Intel Compute Stick may be a sign of things to come, where streaming is not the primary function but an extra feature to provide additional value."

    The Streaming Media Device Landscape report shows that nearly 20% of US broadband households own at least one streaming media player such as a Roku 3, Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV.

    8% own at least one streaming stick, such as a Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick or Roku's HDMI Streaming Stick, while 2% own both form factors.

    "Device shipments and sales receipts are important performance measures, but an equally critical metric for device makers is ongoing usage," Kraus said. "Usage will drive alternate revenue streams such as content sales and advertising. Roku devices are the most used among US broadband households that own a streaming media device at 37%, followed by Google Chromecast at 19%, Apple TV at 17% and Amazon Fire TV devices at 14%."

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    mitú acquires mobile video specialist Lightt

    Michelle Clancy | 21 August 2015



    Latino-focused social TV company mitú has acquired mobile video company Lightt, with media industry veteran Michael Su joining the company as chief product officer.


    Su will be responsible for overseeing and developing the company's product division, working closely with CTO Alex Mostoufi, founder of Lightt, to expand mitú's technology platform.

    The development of mitú's proprietary platform was first accelerated by the acquisition of Lightt's technology and team earlier this year. Lightt claims to be a pioneer in mobile video creation and introduced real-time video editing, streaming and storytelling in October 2012. The Lightt team's experience creating a social, cloud-based video ecosystem provides the nucleus for mitú's new data-driven platform.

    The offering provides an ability to discover, onboard and manage creators and influencers from across the social Web, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The platform also provides mitú with rich insights to better understand audiences and monetise content across these platforms.

    "Media consumption habits are rapidly evolving, with audiences engaging on a range of social platforms that are constantly shifting. To succeed we need to provide outstanding support to our influencers while learning how our audiences are consuming content across all available platforms, and what are the categories that perform best," said Roy Burstin, CEO of mitú. "Our expanded technology ecosystem, led by CTO Alex Mostoufi, now together with CPO Michael Su, gives us the ability to offer a data-driven approach to both our influencers and our brand and media partners."


 

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